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Unresponsive girl found at football game had 0.21 percent BAC

By Alex Bridges -- abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A teenager registered more than 10 times the legal limit for alcohol after she passed out during a high school football game last month, according to authorities.

Officials called 911 after they found the 16-year-old girl lying unresponsive on the floor of a bathroom at Sherando High School during a football game on Sept. 2. The juvenile had consumed alcohol and passed out, Frederick County Sheriff's Capt. John Heflin confirmed days later. Rescue workers took the teenager to Winchester Medical Center.

The girl was released from the hospital the next day, Heflin said.

Tests show the juvenile had a blood-alcohol content of 0.21, according to a deputy investigating the case who cited information received from the girl's mother.

The legal limit for alcohol in adults at least 21 years old is 0.08 percent. However, in Virginia, that limit for anyone under the age of 21 is 0.02 percent.

Investigators then sought a juvenile petition to charge the girl with underage possession of alcohol, according to Heflin. Her name was withheld because of her age, Heflin said. Sherando officials and the school resource officer investigated the incident. The report Heflin cited did not state whether the teen drank alcohol on or off school property.

Authorities looked into how she obtained the alcohol.

Documents filed in Winchester Circuit Court and made available Tuesday reveal more information about the events leading up to the investigation. Deputy R.M. Shenk, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, filed an affidavit seeking a warrant to obtain medical records from the girl's visit to Winchester Medical Center.

"I observed the female ... who was unresponsive," Shenk states, recalling the events of Sept. 2. "While the paramedics were assessing her condition she was asked if she had taken any drugs or alcohol and [the girl] stated, 'Vodka.'"

The deputy states the hospital workers conducted tests on the girl.

"Her mother ... was advised by the medical staff that her daughter's Blood Alcohol Concentration was .21 percent and she relayed this information to the affiant," the deputy states.

Shenk sought the warrant relative to a charge of underage possession of alcohol and, on Thursday, seized two pages of medical records on the juvenile's hospital visit.


The Deputy "observed the female...who was unresponsive." Yet the female responded to the paramedics questioning. Seems like the Deputy's statement on his affidavit was a bit of a stretch.

What diffrence does it make what the deputy said. You are missing the point. This is a 16 year old this drunk. This is a serious offence and I would be worried about this young lady being this drunk at age 16 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Those "Legal Limits" apply only if you operate a motor vehicle.

What an odd response, noneya, to a very serious situation. Should the young girl have had just a little less Vodka? Sounds to me like she's lucky to be alive. Drugs/Alcohol in any amount is not appropriate for children, but look around and see the wholesome influences we now have in the name of entertainment. Today's public schools have more problems than No Child Left Behind and I feel for the parents/guardians who are trying to rear children in this "anything goes" society.

I truly agree with Diana if this didn't happen on school grounds the law would have ignored it as she a teenager[ it happens] I know this- delt with it -now she 21 with A 2 yr old an still she thinks she cane do whatever

Noneya - Perhaps either the girl was responsive by the time paramedics arrived OR this is an article written by someone who interviewed someone else and thus facts get a bit vague?! Oh, and yes, not the point at all.

Today's public schools have problems because they are held responsible for societal problems. This is an example of a societal (home) issue leaking onto school property. Don't forget that this "anything goes" society includes parents and guardians who have an enormous impact on today's society and what does and does not "go." Schools educate, transport, counsel, feed, etc. thousands of children. Parents have just a few to closely monitor. This is not a school problem.

Rusty, those "legal limits" apply to public venues as well, and the legal limit for someone under the age of 21 is .02.

Your reporter needs to learn basic math, the young ladie was two and a half times the legal limit. I know that ten times sounds more dramatic, but she would have been dead long before she reached .80

Skidplate, the only time alcohol content is quantified is for driving under the influence. There is no number set forth in the law for appearing intoxicated in public (Code Section 18.2-388) and possession of alcohol is prohibited in any amount for persons under 21. I suppose the .02 number for drinking and driving under 21 is to compensate for medicines that contain alcohol. It is my fault for not elaborating in my first post.

Ozzie maybe it is you that needs to learn the laws of our Commonwealth...

The legal limit for a 16 year old is 0.02.

10 x 0.02 = 0.2

Rusty, thanks for the clarification.

Ozzie, I think you misread the article it said her BAC was .21 and 0.02 multiplied by 10 is 0.20.

I agree she would have been dead long before 0.80.

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